BERKELEY -- Two women were robbed, one at gunpoint, in robberies that occurred about 4 1/2 hours apart near the UC Berkeley campus, police said.

The first robbery happened at approximately 9:20 p.m. Sunday in the 2400 block of Fulton Street, when a man allegedly approached a 19-year-old Berkeley woman, pulled out a gun and demanded her property, police said. The man took the woman's cell phone and wallet and fled the area in an unknown direction, police said.

The suspect was described as a heavyset black male in his late 20s and approximately 240 pounds, police said. He was wearing a black hat with a red bill, a black windbreaker, a black polo shirt and dark jeans.

The second robbery was just before 2 a.m. Monday in the 2500 block of Hillegass Avenue and involved three suspects, police said. A 20-year-old woman told police she was walking in the area when she heard footsteps behind her, along with a female voice saying, "Don't move!"

The woman turned around and was grabbed by the neck and pushed to the ground by the female suspect, police said. She started to scream while two other suspects, both men, grabbed her property, police said.

The thieves took a laptop, a cell phone and an assortment of other items, police said. The woman was not physically injured in the altercation, police said.

All of the suspects were in their 20s, police said. If anyone has information, they are urged to call the Berkeley police at 510-981-5900.


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